Microwave Journal

Keysight Technologies introduces advanced pulse analysis software

December 18, 2014

Keysight Technologies, Inc. announced comprehensive pulsed radar analysis software. The new 89600 VSA software’s pulse analysis option (BHQ) is used in radar and electronic counter measure applications for capturing and analyzing threats and jamming responses.

The software option gives R&D engineers the flexibility to define unique pulse characteristics and analyze them in the time and frequency domains. The software also provides tabular statistical reports summarizing the critical pulse parameters that are of interest to system designers.

Used in conjunction with the recently introduced UXA X-Series signal analyzer, designers can make pulse measurements up to 510 MHz analysis bandwidth – the widest RF analysis bandwidth available today. The analyzer also has excellent phase noise and dynamic range specifications.

For designers using the Infiniium oscilloscopes or the M9703A wideband digitizer to achieve even wider bandwidths, a new segmented memory capture feature can reduce memory consumption. By recording only pulses, with minimal recording of off-pulse time, segmented memory capture makes a longer recording period possible. This means that these instruments can now gather a greater amount of data, allowing designers to characterize complex pulse signals with more confidence than ever before.

“In-depth pulsed radar analysis capabilities are essential for system design in aerospace, defense and electronic warfare applications, where mission criticality is at stake,” said Satish Dhanasekaran, marketing manager, Keysight’s Microwave & Communications Division. “The 89600 VSA software is just one example of the many ways that Keysight applies years of test and measurement expertise to the task of putting powerful and evolving software tools into the hands of the designers. This allows them to gain deeper and unique insight into their engineering challenges.”

In a parallel effort, Keysighthas updated the N9051A X-Series pulse measurement software to the N9051B. The updated software offerspulse analysis up to 160 MHz bandwidth using the PXA, MXA and EXA X-Series signal analyzers with the Windows 7 operating system. The N9051B pulse measurement software with Option 5FP features deep capture which provides up to 50 million samples of capture depth. This is more than a 100 times increase over the prior N9051A software. Customers who already own the N9051A software and want to add Option 5FP must upgrade to the N9051B software.

Keysight’s industry-leading 89600 VSA software is a comprehensive set of tools for signal demodulation and vector signal analysis. It is widely used in cellular, wireless-connectivity, aerospace and defense applications. 89600 VSA software allows users to explore virtually every facet of a signal and optimize their most advanced designs. The software supports connectivity to over 40 different Keysight hardware products.

The new pulse analysis option (BHQ) for the 89600 VSA software is priced at $5,000 and is available today.

N9051B X-Series pulse measurement software, Option 5FP, and the N9051A to N9051B upgrade are available for purchase today and are priced as follows:

  • N9051B-2FP Pulse Measurement Software: $4,130
  • N9051B-5FP Deep Capture: $2,151
  • N9051B-A2B Upgrade from N9051A to N9051B: $135

More information on the 89600 VSA software and its new analysis capability is available at www.keysight.com/find/vsa_enhancements. More information on the N9051B is available at www.keysight.com/find/N9051B. Free 30-day software trials are available by clicking on the Trials and Licenses tab at www.keysight.com/find/89600 or www.keysight.com/find/N9051B.